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FAYETTEVILLE, AR - OCTOBER 25:  Head Coach Bill Clark of the UAB Blazers claps for his team as the run onto the field during a game against the Arkansas Razorbacks at Razorback Stadium on October 25, 2014 in Fayetteville, Arkansas.  The Razorbacks defeated the Blazers 45-17.  (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)
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K-State transfer Kalin Heath moves on to UAB

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As UAB continues to build toward a return to the football field in 2017, the Blazers have added another piece to its personnel puzzle.

According to al.com, Kalin Heath has decided to transfer into the UAB program and continue his collegiate playing career with the Blazers.  This past February, the running back opted to transfer out of Kansas State.

While the school has yet to confirm Heath’s addition to the roster, head coach Bill Clark indicated on Twitter that his dormant squad had gotten better a handful of days after putting the finishing touches on spring practice.

Heath was a three-star member of the Wildcats’ 2015 recruiting class coming out of the Georgia high school ranks in 2015, opting for K-State over, among others, Cincinnati, Indiana, Louisville, Marshall, Memphis, Mississippi State and Washington State. He took a redshirt as a true freshman. When UAB returns in 2017 after two seasons away, Heath will have three seasons of eligibility remaining.

Heath is the second FBS running back transfer Clark has added the last five months, joining Notre Dame’s Greg Bryant this past November.

Big 12 spring attendance by the numbers

Oklahoma State football team take the field for a spring NCAA college football game in Stillwater, Okla., Saturday, April 16, 2016. Black team defeated orange 20-7. (AP Photo/Brody Schmidt)
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By now we know the spring attendance numbers in the SEC and Big Ten will always be higher than the other power conferences (having 14 teams helps, of course). The Big 12 will never compete in this pretty useless stat, especially when so many schools fail to record any figure at all. Five Big 12 programs reported no spring attendance number this spring, which left us with just five schools to count when putting together the Big 12’s attendance figure. As things stand right now, the Big 12 looks to be locked into a fourth-place finish this spring, with the Pac-12 the only power conference lagging behind the Big 12 in the spring attendance standings.

Big 12 Spring Attendance By School

Here is how the Big 12 schools compared to each other in spring game attendance.

  1. Oklahoma – 42,436
  2. Oklahoma State – 17,500
  3. Iowa State – 15,089
  4. Kansas State – 14,643
  5. West Virginia – 6,000

Note: Baylor, Kansas, TCU, Texas and Texas Tech did not report any spring attendance figures.

Biggest Increase, Biggest Drop

Some of the Big 12 practices were washed away by bad weather, so we saw more schools not report any official or estimated attendance this year as a result. Baylor, for example, reported a crowd of 5,610 for its spring game in 2015 (which was also hampered by weather), but they opted not to take a crack at a number at all this time. Texas Tech also got washed out this spring. A couple of others either did not report an attendance figure or did not respond when asked for any input. Texas is one of the schools that does not record an attendance figure. So, given the schools that did have data on record for 2015 and 2016, who had the biggest increase and biggest drop?

The biggest jump in spring attendance this year was seen at Iowa State, where the Cyclones doubled their attendance from 7,500 fans in 2015 to 15,089 this spring. Is there a Matt Campbell effect going on here? There was not much difference in attendance figures for Oklahoma, Oklahoma State or Kansas State, but Kansas State had the biggest drop in attendance with 17,080 fans in 2015 and 14,642 fans this spring. It is worth noting Kansas State played their spring game at Sporting Park last year, making the spring game more of a unique event in an MLS stadium. West Virginia also had a drop in attendance by 2,115 fans. It is important to also remember the West Virginia game was not played in their home stadium but an alternate venue with limited capacity, which some schools do.

Quick Hits

  • With five schools not on record for spring attendance this year, the Big 12’s final count stands at 95,668. Ohio State eclipsed that mark by themselves each of the past two seasons, and Georgia had 93,000 fans this spring.

You can view my database of spring game attendance in this Google doc. It is updated periodically as information becomes available or confirmed.

76-year-old Kansas State coach Bill Snyder is now on Twitter

MANHATTAN, KS - SEPTEMBER 18:  Head coach Bill Snyder of the Kansas State Wildcats watches pre-game warm-ups prior to the game against the Auburn Tigers at Bill Snyder Family Football Stadium on September 18, 2014 in Manhattan, Kansas.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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Normally, these [insert player/coach here] joins Twitter stories are about the least important news of your day. Follow this guy for boring, #brand-related tweets!

But 76-year-old Kansas State coach Bill Snyder is an exception to that rule.

Snyder, who began his coaching career in 1962, made his Twitter debut Monday morning:

If you want the surest sign of how important social media is to recruiting, look no further than a 76-year-old joining Twitter.

As of this writing, Snyder only follows 11 people, mostly K-State coaches (and Collin Klein!). But now that he has an active account, he can look forward to every move he makes on Twitter being analyzed — like when he follows a big-time recruit or throws some shade at the SEC or posts a photo of him drinking a Coors banquet without a shirt.

Maybe — okay, almost certainly — he won’t do any of those things. But he’s already broken rule the first rule of Twitter, so who knows.

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K-State extends AD John Currie through 2022

TEMPE, AZ - DECEMBER 28:  A Kansas State Wildcats helmet is lifted following the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl against the Michigan Wolverines at Sun Devil Stadium on December 28, 2013 in Tempe, Arizona. The Wildcats defeated the Wolverines 31-14.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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Kansas State has announced a contract extension for athletics director John Currie, keeping his in the Little Apple through the 2021-22 athletic year.

The new contract does not change Currie’s salary, but offers retention bonuses worth $275,000 on June 30, 2021 and $325,000 should he remain with the Wildcats through the life of the deal. Currie is also scheduled for a $100,000 bonus on June 30, 2017.

“Under John Currie’s leadership, K-State has realized our aspirational goal of building a Model Intercollegiate Athletics Program,” K-State’s outgoing president Kirk Schulz said in a statement. “From my work as an NCAA and Big 12 board member, I can attest to the high regard our peers have for John’s leadership. Our athletic programs reflect the high level of quality that a top public university deserves.”

On board since 2009, Currie has seen K-State’s football team win the Big 12 title in 2012, the men’s basketball team reach the Elite Eight in 2010, string together an ongoing streak of 27 consecutive football sellouts and privately raise $210 million for facilities upgrades. Currie has also won the Bobby Dodd AD award and was named the UnderArmour AD of the Year in 2012.

“Our family is grateful to belong to the K-State family and call Manhattan home,” Currie said. “While much progress has been made across the department over the past seven years toward our vision of a Model Intercollegiate Athletics Program, I believe that even better days are ahead for K-State Athletics. Mary Lawrence and I look forward to continuing to serve the Wildcat faithful and help usher in a new era for Kansas State University under the leadership of General Myers.”

The best part of the new contract? With his employment locked in for the next half-dozen years, Currie may be around to choose Bill Snyder‘s successor.

Big 12 rakes in record $268 million, lags behind SEC

during the second half of the game on December 6, 2014  at McLane Stadium in Waco, Texas.
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It’s got to be tough being Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby these days.

The Big 12’s CEO oversaw a jump of $40 million from 2014 to 2015 — a boost of nearly 20 percent — and still his league languishes behind the SEC. One can assume Oklahoma president David Boren has made his colleagues aware of those figures.

The Big 12 reported a record $268 million incoming during the 2014-15 fiscal year, according to tax filings obtained by USA Today. That $40 million jump came in large part due to a large spike in bowl revenue created by the College Football Playoff — $32 million, to be exact — and an $8 million jump in television revenue.

Those figures, $26.8 million per school (before expenses and the league office’s cut), do not include third-tier television rights such as the Texas’ deal for the Longhorn Network.

The SEC, meanwhile, reported $527 million in total revenue — an average of more than $37 million per school.

For his efforts, Bowlsby’s take home portion of that pie totaled $2.6 million, a 100 grand increase from 2013-14.